The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Democratizing Pluripotency for Lung Researchers

The Pulmonary Center and Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM), Boston University and Boston Medical Center, 72 East Concord Street, R-304, Boston, MA 02118. .
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Impact Factor: 13). 12/2012; 186(11):1080-1. DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201210-1857OE
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is commonly associated with vascular changes in the pulmonary and systemic circulations. Pulmonary muscular arteries characteristically show intimal hyperplasia, which is produced in part by the proliferation of poorly differentiated smooth muscle cells. The origin of these cells has not been determined. Bone marrow has the capacity to produce and mobilize progenitor cells that may be recruited at sites of vascular damage and contribute to vascular repair through their differentiation into endothelial cells. Nevertheless, under some circumstances bone marrow-derived progenitor cells may migrate into the intima and differentiate into smooth muscle cells. Local factors and cell-to-cell contact are critical in determining the fate of progenitor cells in the vessel wall. Studies assessing the number of circulating bone marrow-derived vascular progenitor cells indicate that COPD is characterized by a reduction in circulating hemopoietic and vascular progenitors. The mechanisms of this reduction have not been elucidated. It has been suggested that this process may lead to reduced vascular repair capacity and increase the risk of cardiovascular complications, which are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in COPD. Further investigation in this field and elucidation of the underlying mechanisms will contribute to a better management of this major complication of COPD.
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    ABSTRACT: A conference, "Stem Cells and Cell Therapies in Lung Biology and Lung Diseases", was held July 25-28, 2011 at the University of Vermont, to review the current understanding of the role of stem and progenitor cells in lung repair after injury and to review the current status of cell therapy and ex vivo bioengineering approaches for lung diseases. These are rapidly expanding areas of study that both provide further insight into and challenge traditional views of mechanisms of lung repair after injury and pathogenesis of several lung diseases. The goals of the conference were to summarize the current state of the field, discuss and debate current controversies, and to identify future research directions and opportunities for both basic and translational research in cell based therapies for lung diseases. The goal of this article, which accompanies the formal conference report, is to provide a comprehensive review of the published literature in lung regenerative medicine from the last conference report through December 2012.
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